Athens Messenger, The (Newspaper) - July 5, 1970, Athens, Ohio
Page D-S- THE Ohio July 1970 Highway Beware Of That Super-Size Indian By ROY CKOSS Messenger District Editor Let's hope the men who are building highways a r o u n d Athens aren't superstitious be- cause they just might upset the resting place of a long ai- per-size Indian. And as anyone knows who believes in there's nothing as nasty as a sleeping sachem roused from grave by a bunch of palefaces. This fellow rests under Har- mony Road where he curves eastward near the United Dairy. That's in the area where the Ap- palachian Highway will join Route 33 and the Stimson Ave- nue extension will cross the- Hocking River over the struc- ture that will replace the old East Mill Bridge. we really know if the guys with bulldozers and drag lines and earthmovcrs are going to dig up that part of Har- mony but if they then let them be warned. Besting un- der that curve is believed to be an Indian whose companions were eight feet and he might be larger. We don't know if there is such a thing as waking the bin if- there is there's no doubt that poor Indian hat- been suffering post mortem insomnia for yea these many what with the day-night schedule of the riv- er channel project. the workers coulc awaken some other ghosts that could be lurking along the banks of the or slumbering on East Hill because there was a day when the East Mill was more the heart .of Athens than the business district. That was back when pioneers were still coming down the Hocking. Those hardy folks wore the beards and long beads about their necks and moccasins on their feet. It was the fancy guys on the cow pasture campus of that new college who wore starched shirts and shaved. But to understand this bit of lets get to the facts and the conjecture. about that Indian. Back in 1905 a county highway crew was working on Harmony Road when a large mound stood in their so they began ex- cavating the obstacle and socn uncovered a burial place con- taining 32 skeletons Thurman Knox was the foreman and fce related the story years later to the late C. of The Mes telling him the skeletons He also of the workers fending arrowheads and huge clay bowls used for coolung Pholoi by FIRST POST site of the first ptist cfiice for Athens is marked by a mounted on a millstone at the east approach to the Mill Street Bridge. The bridge is to be razed and the future of the marker is uncertain. BURIAL burial place of an possibly from a pre-historic Is believed under the curve in Harmony near the United Dairy Co. In 1905 county workers unearth- ed a mass burial bat left the grave of what is believed to be the chief. Over the entire mound was still several inches longer death long since departed when Capt. Silas a horse-powered arenMJmill and how they foot thick layer of plastic clay in which gravel was mixed. This formed a protective covering over the entire mound making it impervious to rainfall. Supporting this roof were clay columns of the diameter of a barrel and made in sections about as long as a barrel and set on top of each other. Knox told Harris that when the bones of 32 men were uncovered all but one disintegrated to dust when exposed to air. One skeleton of a man between eight and nine feet tall was recovered almost intact. The bones of the partially eaten those of a large man. The filled with was SQ large it fitted over the jaw of a large man like a niaslc. The excavation at East Mill went down 15 feet and in the center of a skeleton group was found a hard clay box-like structure about six feet wide and 12 feet long. It was never opened arm now lies under the center of the road near the dairy. Knox ordered his men not to disturb the burial container and the workers felt that it probably held the bones of the chiefs. For 65 years that chief has been his companions previously secure res place. Of course there ai such things as bu were just think how that Indian has had to get n cler and madder at having mass plot upended b gang of whites. Out of this could come an holy if you'll the of'ihe spirit whites and Indians. You c help wondering how the e settlers might look at all the provements. They can rem ber when you had to ride a I across the Hocking w the bridge now stands. And 'Multitude Before Neit There are multitude of left to be done before the new O'Bleness Memorial Hospital- opens its doors to the public next Saturday.. Latest complication has been with the says Hospital C live Director Charles Sanders. Workmen began laying it several days but ran out of carpeting before they ran out of floor. A check with the Chicago supplier revealed that they had1 run put of the so all Mn Open carpeting had to be ripped and must be relaid. Sanders said he see nothing standing in the of the scheduled open house. Charles O'Bleness open the festivities by euttin ribbon at the main entrance 10 a.m. Saturday. City offici .and past present trustees have been Anted to the ceremony The pital will then be open for v ing until 5 p.m. Sunday h will be 1-5 p.m. Sanders expects that pati Community There will be a cornrmmity or ianization meeting at the Poston Vlethodisf Church at Sugar Creek on Tuesday at 7 30 p Set betterment. All residents of Sugar Creek are invited to attend In recent weeks through unteer services of residents if can't early Tee session has been called to the community a clean up pro consider matters of community gram has been under way and li- nos iew- 3UTS snts in about two later Bargains in the Furniture Department on the Second and Third Floors JULY FURNITURE SALE Stop in the furniture department Select the furniture you need ROW and really save. Special sale prices on Diving Room Suites Bedroom Suites Chairs Dinette Sets Springs and Mattresses Tables Pictures Lamps Electric and Css Ranges Room Dividers. find nationally known makes of Heywood Whirlpool Magic and many others. Use Elberfelds Sensible Credit Service to purchase your fur- niture needs during the July Sale. r i Si r In LjOOl Lt QUITO rt Elberfelds will whatever J you select. ELBERFELDS IN POMEROY T launched their flatboats loaded with pork and other products for long voyages down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Later Daniel Stewart had a there and it was operated by water power. A dam was built according to old sto- some of the best fishing in the county was to be foimd in the Hocking near the mill. The first Athens post office was also built near the mill and a bronze plaque on a millstone still marks the site. KNIGHTS TO MEET Athens Commandery Knights will meet at p.m. Wednesday at the Ma- sonic Temple. All this might toe j haunt the place and cast a unless someone steps in and sees curse. you can't help re- to it that the Indian chief is left' membering about Chief Corn- in peace and the millstone with the plaque preserved when the old bridge is razed. stalk and the curse he put on Point W. and all the floods they've and the most folks don't be-1 bad of the Sil- lieve in spells and spirits and the like and it is old fashioned and ignorant and silly to think that an ancient Indian could ver Bridge disaster. That came after the white men moved old Cornstalk's bones to make room a new courthouse. 4 Ordinances 1st Reading Four ordinances are slated to i ban renewal property and grant receive a first reading Monday when City Council has its regu- lar meeting at p.m. Listed for initial consideration are ordinances authorizing bids to resurface amend rec- reation program au- ithorize purchase of person ur- an easement. Council's agenda also calls for second-reading of two ordi- revising rates charged by Columbia Gas and providing amendments to the city plumb- ing code. Playground Attendance Hits Attendance figures for Athens city playgrounds topped the two thousand mark during the hot days of last week. A total of 004 youngsters used play facil- ities. East playground the at- tendance rolls with followed by West. The and 215. The week beginning July 6 will be recognized as with activities to be or- ganized around that theme. Activities at Highland park during the week will center around nature and activities that can be enjoyed outside by each member of the family. Monday night will feature a marshmallQw then ice cream will be used as a reward Tuesday for those fnishiijg a hike. A swimming party at Dow Lake highlights Wednesday eve- while Thursday will be centered around a picnic at followed by games. The week winds up with a Ha- waiian Luau featuring a shishkibob roast and hula con- test. Morrison park plans relay races at 2 p.m. with prizes going to the winners. parent-child tee ball game is slated for 7 p.m. and a Friday' evening marshrnallow roast winds up the week's events. Infant Born With Bullet Hole In Foot A boy was born with a bullet hole in his left foot day after his mother was shot in the'stom sell in an argu- ment with a man. Both the born a month and the were reported in satisfactory condition. 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